“The China government will prohibit imports and sale of 15W to below 60W incandescent light bulb from October 1, 2016, leading to a complete end to use of such lighting product, according to industry sources.
The prohibition is beginning its third phase, with the China government prohibiting the import and sale of 100W and above incandescent light bulbs from October 1, 2012 as the first phase and did so for 60W to below 100W models from October 1, 2014 as the second phase, the sources said.”
See China to completely end use of incandescent bulbsWasteful of energy and material, the incandescent light bulb was a major advance over candles, gas-jets, and wicked lamps back in the 19th century. It looks like the reign of the technology will not be two centuries.
The transition to LED lighting has been remarkable. Just a few years ago LED lights became available but were expensive. Now, there are only a few incandescents left in my home, my municipality has replaced our street lights, and some governments are outlawing the old tech. Government is almost irrelevant in this as energy and material savings are huge. These things pay for themselves in a few years and last decades. Efficiency alone precludes staying with incandescent lighting even a few years more.
I notice folks can still buy incandescents locally but they carry subtle messages on the packaging:
- Long life … Lasts One Year
- 60 watt…
- $5.98 CDN…
- Made in Mexico…
Some are even sold as “antique” lights or “vintage”… Meanwhile, for just a little more money one can buy LED lights rated for decades and using a fraction of the power. Yes, the good old days of wasting tungsten and energy to keep the lights on are numbered.